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14 Night Baltic Sea Cruise from Amsterdam

14 Night Baltic Sea Cruise from Amsterdam

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Amsterdam
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
  • Day 4
    Scilly Isles
  • Day 5
    Holyhead
  • Day 6
    Liverpool
  • Day 7
    Dublin
  • Day 8
    Belfast
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Stornoway
  • Day 11
    Scrabster
  • Day 12
    Kirkwall
  • Day 13
    South Queensferry
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Amsterdam

Veendam

Veendam - Holland America Line

Pros

Lanai cabins provide direct access to outdoor deck areas

Cons

Service can feel snail-paced at times

Bottom Line

A "no bells and whistles ship," ideal for relaxing


Cruise Reviews

I chose this cruise based on price, date and mostly because we are frequent HA travelers and know what to expect - mature cruisers, good food, good entertainment, nice staterooms. While most of those criteria were met, this mid-week to ... Read More
I chose this cruise based on price, date and mostly because we are frequent HA travelers and know what to expect - mature cruisers, good food, good entertainment, nice staterooms. While most of those criteria were met, this mid-week to mid-week cruise brought out ALL the retirees! I'd guess 80% of the guests were > 65 On the bright side, i could count the kids on one hand (3 in the pool got very dirty looks!) My biggest gripe about this vacation was that it veered from relaxing to boring, based on the overall lack of quality entertainment. The comedian was just ok on his first show, and achingly bad on his reprieve on day 7. The vocal impersonator was not very good - I wouldn't know who he was imitating if he didn't say, plus he was kind of insulting to those he imitated (making fun of Tom Jones' moves, for example - looked silly). The HA singers and dancers are ok - they work hard but it's like a high school musical. Not my cup of tea. To top all this off, the showroom is poorly laid out and 2nd floor is uncomfortable with low back seating. Besides the nightly show, the only other entertainment was a very kitschy piano bar player. That got so crowded each night that cruisers set up chairs blocking the hallway near the stores. In room entertainment and movie theater were poor - Lion King, Spiderman and Titanic? Really? Food and service were good; Cannaleto was very good. This really soured me on HA...may need to move up to Princess to get a better vacation. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Nice cruise with great food, entertainment and service encounter part of a nor'easter in Halifax, but we just stayed overnight so it wasn't a big deal. Overall we had lots of sunny days to see the colors. Missed Bar Harbor, but ... Read More
Nice cruise with great food, entertainment and service encounter part of a nor'easter in Halifax, but we just stayed overnight so it wasn't a big deal. Overall we had lots of sunny days to see the colors. Missed Bar Harbor, but it would have been raining. Weather this time of year isn't always great. We've been on about 20 cruises and the singers and dancers on this one were the best. Amazing talent. Veendam is in great shape after dry dock earlier this year. They haven't messed up the Crows Nest like on some of the newer ships - and there still is a library. And we like it's (relatively) small size. Only critisizm would be we'd like more noncommercial (IE pay) activities on sea days. Since we don't gamble, shop of go to the spa, activities were limited in choice. Not sure what Orange thing was - we just got a menu with a different cover at dinner. Same menu. And a guy with an orange tie showed us to our same table. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I'm always curious to see if my assessment of a cruise ship matches the typical review of it I read here on Cruise Critic. Reviewers correct on the food, entertainment and things to do ... mostly pretty mundane. But the ship itself ... Read More
I'm always curious to see if my assessment of a cruise ship matches the typical review of it I read here on Cruise Critic. Reviewers correct on the food, entertainment and things to do ... mostly pretty mundane. But the ship itself is in immaculate condition after a fall 2019 retrofit. And the crew was one of the sharpest and friendliest I have encountered on the high seas, except for a few letdowns in the dining room. Also love the size of the ship, easy to get around with a max of 1,400 passengers. Our New England and Canada fall colors cruise encountered some storms and we could not get in to Bar Harbor or get off the ship at Halifax. An extra wine tasting was added, and it's nice they do them, some lines don't, but HAL uses mostly cheap wines . One habit I find distasteful is their tendency during wine tastings and Lido food service to begin to shut things down too quickly. Other lines not so bad on that score. HAL loves these Microsoft classes but after a decade it's gotten old as people now focused more on cell phones than laptops. Our cabin with a small porthole was fine but several people related horror stories about plumbing problems and rude service at the front desk. HAL needs to revisit its offerings of things to do .. why not try some new, creative things instead of the same old same old you have run for decades! The food? In typical HAL fashion had some great lunches and dinners and a a couple that were flops. Soups not as good as they used to be on HAL ships. We don't even try the Pinnacle anymore because they just can't cook a steak right! The stops we made were fine ... loved Quebec City and the North End of Boston. Also enjoyed small towns Charlottetown and Sydney and their friendly people. Found the casino in Sydney and also their nice waterfront boardwalk. People complained that there is nothing at the pier at Port Canaveral. Overall glad we did the cruise and HAL is fine if you don't get thrown for a loop by a few things not to your liking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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